May 17, 2014

Salven takes first 1:8 qualifier in Austria


Michael Salven claimed the TQ for the opening 1:8 qualifier at the Euro Nitro Series in Aigen, Austria. The Serpent driver narrowly outpaced the Shepherd of Oliver Mack on the damp track by 0.248 with Mugen’s Robert Pietsch completing an all German Top 3.  Mirko Salemi was the fastest non-German, the Italian taking his BP Racing chassis to the fourth fastest time ahead of Austria’s Michael Klausner and Dutch Xray driver John Ermen.

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Salven summed up his run with ‘old mans weather I guess’. The Serpent designer said it was hard to gauge how much to push in the conditions but seeing Mack closing in on him he pushed a little harder. With his 977 feeling ‘good’ he was able to pull away a little towards the end setting the fastest lap of the race on his penultimate lap. Asked what tyres he ran, the multiple onroad nitro World & European Champion said they were that old he had no idea what they were but he knew as a damp foam they would be good for the conditions. Believing they are more than 10-years-old they are mounted on what looks like a multi coloured rim as with Serpent’s rim offset having changed over the years they are mounted on the old green rim which in turn has been mounted on the new white wheel offset as used today on the Serpent.


Mack joked also about the performance of veteran racer Salven, saying that his own run ‘was OK only the old man was faster’.  Describing his Sonic powered Velox V8 as ‘easy to drive’, he said he didn’t want to risk pushing too hard as to end up on the grass would ruin any chance of a good run. Running a Contact damp foam tyre, for Q2 he will try a Shepherd Umido damp tyre which he said drivers who attended last year’s European B Championship here found to be a good damp tyre option. He also plans to push a little harder.


Top Qualifier at Round 1 of the championship last month, Pietsch declared Q1 a ‘solid run’. Adjusting his clutch after practice for the wet conditions, the former World Champion said there was more grip than he expected and this caused it to come in too early. This in turn caused the car to push in the corners and for Q2 he will adjust it back. Running Contact’s damp foam tyre he will continue with them for the day’s final qualifier.


Having shown good pace in Melzo but missing out on the A-Main, Salemi was content with his first qualifier describing it as ‘OK’.  Running the same Umido tyre choice as used by Mack, he was happy with their performance and is set to continue with them for his next outing. Feeling his gearbox was a little off, this is the only adjustment he will make to his new BP Racing chassis for Q2.


Running two heats earlier than the top drivers, and therefore having to contend with wetter track conditions Team fahr(T)raum driver Klausner was happy with his run. Running a set of Contact Damp tyres which he added extra cuts to, he said for the conditions they were good but for Q2 he will run an untouched set of the same tyre as the abrassive asphalt will be hard on them. He will also remove the front swaybar from his Mugen MRX5 along with changing to one of his better Novarossi engines.


Running his ‘wet’ RX8, Ermen said he just managed to arrange a set of Matrix wet foam tyres in time for the opening qualifier which he added went ‘OK’. The Dutch National Championship frontrunner said the track dried pretty quick and the this was very noticeable from the start to the finish. Looking to Q2, he said he will prepare both his ‘Dry’ and ‘Wet’ Reds Racing powered cars for the run and make a last minute call on which to run.

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